Ta’u Island, part of the Samoa state located in the South Pacific depends on the imported fuel, but a recent initiative led to the building of a 1,4 megawatt power system that absorbs and stores solar energy.
This island is part of the American Samoa and is situated at 7,000 km apart from the west coast of the United States.
It is fairly isolated and its total population is made up by only 600 inhabitants.
Over time, the island was supporting itself from what she was not able to produce and this is also included the energy that operated the electrical system.
But now, with these 5.328 Tesla solar panels, the island is capable of producing its own energy.
The project, funded by the Authority for Economic Development of Samoa, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior finished the last touch-ups of the project this week after almost a year of construction. According to the local authorities, these panels provide 100% of the energy that the island needs.
Along with the power storage system, the island can be supplied even if the sky is cloudy for three consecutive days.
‘People who live on an island are the first to experience global warming. The changes that result from this are a part of our everyday life here. It is a serious problem and this project is indeed a good example for anyone who wants to follow him’, affirmed local Keith Ahsoon.